Monday, May 21, 2018

Anthony in deposition: Nanny was real person

Orlando Sentinel

Attorneys spent more than two hours last month asking Casey Anthony questions about the lies she told following her daughter Caylee's 2008 disappearance and the circumstances of the girl's death.

The result: Anthony's most expansive publicly available comments since she was acquitted of murder in 2011.

A transcript of the Jan. 23 deposition was filed Tuesday in Tampa federal court, where the case is being heard as part of Anthony's bankruptcy petition. It reveals often-combative exchanges between Anthony and attorneys for Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman suing her for defamation.

Anthony refused to answer many questions, prompting Gonzalez's lawyers to ask a judge to compel her replies. A hearing on that motion is set for next week.

In the deposition, Anthony asserted that Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the nanny she claimed had kidnapped her daughter, was a real person — someone she'd last seen in 2007 and who had babysat Caylee just once. "I met her at Universal Studios in 2006 … through a mutual friend," Anthony said. That woman didn't actually kidnap Caylee, she said. Neither did the woman suing her for defamation: "I completely agree," she said.

Keith Mitnik, an attorney for Zenaida Gonzalez, expressed skepticism of Anthony's claim that the nanny, who Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez acknowledged at trial was fictional, was a real person. "Now, is there any way in the world that you could suggest to me that I might find this person to see if she ever existed?" Mitnik asked Anthony, who replied: "I don't know if you could or not, sir."

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